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What Does a Reality Riding Show Have to Do With the Spice Girls?

We’re still not sure. But it’s awesome.

Is the world ready for a mainstream riding reality series? Viewers in the U.K. are deciding this month, where the five-part Blue Chip All-Star Academy series is airing on Sky Channel 253. Eight riders from around the country are competing for the top prize: the chance to co-host an episode of Rudall’s Round-Up and a year’s sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed.

Along the way, the lucky finalists (who were selected from a variety of disciplines) will have a chance to train with the likes of Olympic eventer Ludwig Svennerstal and Olympic dressage gold medalist Carl Hester at the Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire.

Another thing they’ll get to do? Film choreographed American Idol-style music video cameos. And if there was ever a song that could get you amped for a day of horse riding in front of the cameras (or anything, really), it’s the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”

Get ready to zigazig ah.

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